Practice Floating, practicing improves floating! Practice Floating and the quality of your floats will improve with frequency. When clients come out of their first float not sure if floating is “their thing”, we tell them “The more you float the better it gets”. Floating reduces external stimuli letting the mind rest and allowing it to relax. You need to practice floating to achieve these results.
Floating is not for everyone. If floating is for you, remember it takes practice. As with any sport or hobby usually the first time is not the best.
Practice Floating, Practicing Improves floating in 4 Steps:
Practice floating, practicing improves floating. Experiences that involve the mind require going through 4 steps to fully achieve the desired results. These 4 steps are ideally reached in 3rd float sessions.
Practice floating in this 4 steps
First: Mastering the technicalities. How to open /close the top, when to get in and out of the pod, even how to float. Once you master the technicalities, you are ready for the second step.
Second: Exploring the surroundings. Explore and familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Then and only then, will you begin to feel safe and comfortable in the new environment. Explore and know the water, the salt, the lights, the darkness, the music, the silence. It takes practice to learn how to “trust” the water. Trust the water to hold you up and that you won’t sink. Until you feel completely safe, it will be very difficult to relax. The survival instinct makes it hard to let go, rest the head over the top of the water and relax. It takes practice.
Third: Relaxing. Once you know what floating entails you will begin to relax and let go. It takes practice to enjoy sensory deprivation. We are not used to quieting the mind. This can prove to be quite challenging. However, once you master it, you are on the road to experiencing deep relaxation and fully enjoying the benefits of floating. That is the beauty of floating but also one of the reason why it is a practice.
Forth: Enjoying the benefits of floating. Now that you have practiced floating, you will be able to relax and to enjoy the benefits of reduced stimuli or sensory deprivation. Research has shown that while Floating and during deep relaxation there is increased production of endorphins and dopamines (the good hormones) while the production of cortisol the “stress hormone” is inhibited. Floating increases blood circulation, speeds the recovery from sports injuries, helps manage chronic pain, inflammation, fibromyalgia, insomnia and reduces blood pressure.
“Practice floating, practicing improves floating” is the rule to thumb to a great floating experience
Practice Floating, Practicing Improves Floating. If Floating Improves with Practice, When Will I Be Ready To Enjoy The Benefits Of Floating?
It often takes at least 3 floats to fully experience the benefits that floating brings to the mind and to body.
During the first float, most likely, you will be wondering what happens if I fall asleep? What if I don’t hear the music? How can I be floating? I remember during my first float, I thought what if they forget about me? Many questions will pop up in your mind. When you practice floating, you know the procedures and you are able to ease into the float, quiet your mind and start enjoying the benefits of floating. The majority of people walk out of their second float saying, “this was a lot better than my first float”. By the time of your third float, you will really enjoy the practice and will be able to get the most benefits. This is true for most people; however, some individuals, especially those that meditate often and are more connected with their emotional being, will be able to relax from day one.
What is true for all floaters is that floating has a cumulative positive effect that increases as the number of float sessions increases. Just like any other practice, the more frequently you float, the more often your practice floating the better you will get at it, the quicker you will be able to relax and the longer the benefits will last.
Practice Floating, practicing improves floating and practice will improve your floating experience.